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    Campaign dispatch, February 23, 2016

    • While plenty of ink has been spilled over the impending June 7 primary race between incumbent GOP Reps. Renee Ellmers and George Holding in the 2nd Congressional District (Holding has said he’ll abandon his 13th District seat and challenge the three-termer), 9th District Rep. Robert Pittenger has…
    Rick Henderson, February 23, 2016
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    Campaign dispatch, February 17, 2016

    • Endorsement time! State Treasurer Janet Cowell, a Democrat who’s chosen not to seek a third term, is backing former Wake County Democratic Party head Dan Blue III in her party’s primary. Blue also has the support of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Service Employees…
    Rick Henderson, February 17, 2016
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    Campaign update, February 9, 2016

    • The Club for Growth PAC, which is supporting Chatham County GOP Chairman Jim Duncan in the 2nd Congressional District primary, is on the air with this ad attacking incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers. The free-market group will spend $400,000 on the ad buy. • A new High…
    Rick Henderson, February 9, 2016
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    Dispatches from the trail, January 27, 2016

    • Money time! Candidates must update their campaign reports before Sunday, but we have some news about a number of incumbents and challengers. For example: The race for governor between GOP incumbent Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper will be costly. McCrory has $4.1…
    Rick Henderson, January 27, 2016
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    Dispatches from the trail, January 18, 2016

    • A few days before WRAL News reported that the U.S. Department of Energy was investigating potential self-dealing and conflicts of interest regarding stimulus grants taken by businesses owned by former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s family members (with investigators citing Carolina Journal’s extensive reporting on the…
    Rick Henderson, January 18, 2016
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    Dispatches from the trail, January 12, 2016

    • Former Chatham County Republican Party Chairman Jim Duncan (at right), who’s challenging incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District GOP nomination, is one of the first three U.S. House candidates to win the endorsement of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee that…
    Rick Henderson, January 12, 2016
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    Dispatches from the trail, January 5, 2016

    • Twenty-seven candidates — 12 Republicans, 11 Libertarians, and four Democrats — will appear on the March 15 presidential primary ballot. The State Board of Elections released the list Tuesday. Candidates will be listed alphabetically, beginning with names starting with “H.” (State law requires the first letter…
    Rick Henderson, January 5, 2016
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    Dispatches from the trail, December 30, 2015

    • Several members of the North Carolina congressional delegation made news in the recent report by the watchdog site OpenSecrets.org of the estimated wealth of federal lawmakers. At one extreme, freshman Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th District, had an estimated net worth of negative $67,000, giving him…
    Rick Henderson, December 30, 2015